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Senate Committee Passes Appropriations Bill Permanently Banning Global Gag Rule

Written by Editor-in-Chief Jodi Jacobson forRH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

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Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to the FY 2012 State Department and foreign operations appropriations bill that, if signed into law, would block re-imposition of the Global Gag Rule. The amendment was introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and would prohibit future Presidents from using executive orders to refuse funding to a foreign organization solely because of the legal medical services it provides; the information, counseling, and referrals it offers; or the advocacy it engages in with its own government—using its own non-U.S. funds. Continue reading....
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